Insecurity: Use Intelligence Operatives Instead Of Sending Troops To S/E, IVG Advises FG
The Igbo Vanguard Group, IVG has advised the Federal Government to deploy the intelligence operatives of the military, police and other security agencies to the Southeast instead of sending troops to fight insecurity.
The IVG was reacting to the speech made by President Muhammadu Buhari at Ebonyi State recently where he said that the Federal Government would deploy its strength to protect innocent and hardworking citizens from terrorists and those bent on causing social disorder in the South-East zone of the country.
The President General of the IVG, Engr. James Nnadozie Uchegbuo, who spoke to our correspondent in Umuahia, Abia State reasoned that the previous actions of the military in the zone have left many homes in everlasting tears.
His words, “The concern of Mr. President on the protection of lives and property in the Southeast region is not bad but our previous understanding of such military interventions ends up in killing of the innocent citizens and destruction of property in our geopolitical zone.
“Most often, the military interventions in the Southeast always end up in aberration. The officers at the end of the day will bring in unnecessary sentiment to delete our young boys and girls which at the end of the day, pose more pains on the people.
“Take for instance, the issue of Operation Python Dance, where some soldiers brought to the Southeast saw placards carrying protesting youths and neutralized them. Some of our innocent youths were taken to the rivers and they were got drowned; some were jam-packed in some tunnels and made to suffocate in a very dehumanizing manner. Some of the innocent citizens who were collecting their cash from the ATM were shot and most of them killed for no just cause.
“Rather than bringing in battalions to suffocate the economy of the Southeast and killing the innocent citizens under the pretense of securing the zone, since the activities of the unknown gunmen can be associated with the gorilla warfare, it is not a conventional war as seen in the cases of the Boko Harams and bandits.
“So, the Intelligence Operatives of the military, police and other security agencies should be used to secretly unravel the threats of the unknown gunmen”.
The IVG PG moreover reasoned that the actions of the unknown gunmen might have been triggered off by the perceived continued negligence of the region, detention of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, joblessness, inequality among others, which moved them to become resistant to the authority.